By age 14, was the Youth Heavyweight Champion of Ireland---a title he held for three consecutive years.
Once worked as a fork-lift operator at a Guinness Beer plant.
Discovered by director John Boorman while performing with the Belfast Lyric Players' Theater and was subsequently cast in the 1981 film Excalibur.
Chosen for the lead role in 1993's Schindler's List after Steven Spielberg saw his Tony-nominated performance in a Broadway production of Anna Christie.
In 2000, sustained multiple pelvic injuries after hitting a deer while driving his motorcycle.
Co-starred with Laura Linney in the 2002 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible; the duo later teamed up to play husband-and-wife on the silver screen in 2004’s Kinsey and 2008’s The Other Man.
His wife, actress Natasha Richardson, suffered a fatal head injury while skiing in Canada on March 16, 2009; she passed away two days later.
Surprised audiences with his atypical action-hero performance in Taken (2008), which led to more action-hero turns in Clash of the Titans (2010) and The A-Team (2010).
2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
1993, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
2002, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
2005, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series: Nominee
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1994, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
1993, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
1997, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
1996, Venice Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
Elizabeth Neeson — Sister
Rosaleen Neeson — Sister
Helen Mirren — Ex-significant Other
Bernadette Neeson — Sister
Barney Neeson — Father
Kitty Neeson — Mother
Michael Antonio Neeson — Son
Natasha Richardson — Wife (deceased)
Julia Roberts — Ex-significant Other
Daniel Neeson — Son
Attended Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland; attended St. Mary's Teaching College, Belfast, Northern Ireland